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PhD Computer Engineering

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
42000 USD
National
34600 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Department
College of Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)76
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GRE (avg)320
32

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About this course

UW Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) educates students to become leaders in the design and implementation of the computing systems that touch every aspect of modern society. CSE is widely recognized as one of the top programs in the world, with passionate faculty bringing the latest advances into the classroom and the lab.

CSE offers two undergraduate degrees: Computer Science (through the College of Arts & Sciences) and Computer Engineering (through the College of Engineering). While the degree requirements differ in some details, undergraduate majors working toward either degree have the same broad opportunities to take the wide array of courses that CSE offers. Many of our graduates go on to careers at the world's great technology companies, from the largest industry titans to the smallest start-ups. Others join innovative companies and non-profit organizations outside the traditional computing industry to use software, hardware, and data to solve the world's greatest challenges. Still others go on to challenging graduate programs in a variety of fields.

At the graduate level, CSE offers (1) an integrated Master's program for some of our undergraduate majors seeking a deeper education before leaving campus, (2) an evening Master's program for currently employed software professionals, and (3) a PhD program for students seeking a research career.

The field of computing is broad and growing, and CSE's course catalog reflects this breadth. Beyond the popular introductory programming courses taken by thousands of students from every major on campus, our courses cover everything from the mathematical foundations of what computers can and cannot do; to hands-on experiences building software and hardware artifacts with a range of programming languages and tools; to advanced courses in software engineering, human-computer interaction, computer graphics and animation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, large-scale data management, natural language processing, computer networking, computational biology, robotics, computer security and privacy, and much more.

Computers are the most flexible and powerful machines ever created. While the applications of computing continue to grow and change, the core magic of CSE is timeless: computer scientists and engineers combine creative problem-solving, rigorous design, and the creation of algorithms, software, and hardware systems to build solutions that change the world.

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Eligibility Criteria

Most entering students are expected to have a solid background in computer science, including programming, machine organization, data structures, discrete mathematics, automata theory, and programming systems (i.e., the equivalent of CSE 321, CSE 322, CSE 326,, and CSE 378, and either CSE 401 or CSE 451). Some exceptions are made for otherwise promising students. Graduate Record Examination scores are required, earned within the preceding five years. The Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Program home page for prospective students gives full details of application procedures.

Application deadline is December 15 for both U.S. and international students for autumn quarter admission.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 76
  • TOEFL-PBT: 580
  • GRE: 320

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Course Modules

90 credits, to include:

PhD qualifying evaluation, to include:A breadth requirement, satisfied through coursework. The required course list may change from time to time. Students may meet requirements in place when they are admitted.
One course in four of five areas below plus two additional courses in any area (18 credits total) for graded credit (a waiver is possible for graduate courses taken elsewhere):
Theory: CSE 521, CSE 525, or CSE 531
Systems: CSE 548, CSE 550, CSE 551, CSE 552, CSE 561, or CSE 567
Programming Systems: CSE 501, CSE 503, CSE 505, CSE 507, or CSE 544
AI: CSE 515, CSE 546, CSE 547/STAT 548, or CSE 573
Applications: CSE 510, CSE 512, CSE 517, CSE 527, CSE 557, CSE 564, CSE 576
Non-CSE: GENOME 540; HCDE 544 or INSC 570. (Non-CSE courses do not belong in any of the five areas above.)
An independent project completed under the supervision of a primary and a secondary faculty adviser. A written summary and an oral presentation are required.
General examination. The applicant must demonstrate depth of knowledge in a principal area acceptable to the PhD Supervisory Committee.
At least 90 credits of coursework, at least 40 of which are numbered 500 or above. 45 credits should be in courses chosen from the computer science course list. At least two CSE courses numbered 500 or above (or approved courses in related disciplines) must be taken for graded credit in addition to courses taken to satisfy the breadth component of the qualifying evaluation. Coursework taken toward the MS degree is applicable toward the PhD degree.
Two quarters of teaching assistantship within the department
Dissertation acceptable to the Supervisory Committee. Students must register for at least 27 credits of CSE 800 (Dissertation).
Oral examination on the dissertation work.

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How to Apply

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution2 or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • Also acceptable: hold a Master’s degree, a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil), or a professional degree (MD, JD, DVM, etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution.2 
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

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